Axel is right - safe mode options are your friend here. try enabling [boot in safe mode], [disable harddrive dma], and [fail- safe video] (its been a while, so dont be too upset if i've forgotten the nomenclature used in the boot menu. the concepts are rather easy - those three listed should be in there somewhere.) you also may want to enter the bios setup program and disable [Plug-N- Play] features if they are supported in the bios. considering the machine is a pentium 1, most of the other hardware work-arounds dont apply (the workarounds tend to try and make new hardware act more like old hardware... your hardware is already old and therefore should act like it already) if you slide open the case, you'll find that packard-bell custom manufactured their motherboards during that era. search google for the part numbers on the motherboard and you'll likely find support pages over at NEC (NEC bought up packard bell about the time pentium 2's were common place iirc). if you do find any support doc's, just search through for the chipset and embedded devices listed. anything really spooky in there could be the culprit. on a last note: packard bell was found of using a bastardized winmodem back then - i cant recall the name, but it was a combination Aztech soundcard and [some-brand] modem. take that thing out and see what happens. goodluck -jared > Joshua Austin <computrius@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > I have an old packard bell pentium 233 system. Not > > sure what make or model or motherboard, etc.., I > > traded a 128 mb stick of pc133 sdram for it. For some > > reason when the last icon lights up on boot (just > > before the gui shows), it just hangs and never goes > > anywhere. I am just curious if anyone has run beos on > > a packard bell system? > > Have you tried the different safe mode options? (by pressing "space" > at > the beginning of the boot process, it will enter the boot menu where > you can specify them) > > Bye, > Axel. > > -- Automated (hopefully never vulgar) fortune: You have junk mail.